Children’s book author Lida Dijkstra – A deep love of language and culture

We talk to Lida Dijkstra in her home in De Knipe, where she lives. From her house she has a beautiful view of the landscape in the smoke of Heerenveen. When the curtains are opened, Lida sometimes finds a deer in her garden. In the woob room is a bookcase with all the books she has written.

Wide area of ​​interest

Lida Dijkstra grew up in Scharsterbrug and later attended the atheneum in Heerenveen. At the age of eighteen, she traveled to Leiden to attend Reinwardt Academy, the higher vocational training for museum staff. “That in an intuitive carriage. I always have a broad interest in my books, about dinosaurs and Romans. I grew up in the family of field people. Our daughter is not a member of the room plant who already does. As a child, I get Latin names for the houseplant that sanseveria uses. ”

Because of this broad interest, Lida also chose to study art history and archeology. “When I go to the library or museum, I’m home and I want to be dead. When I’m at the souder of the Rijksmuseum between the 17ththatWhen you see your furniture, I raise: ‘What a privilege that I must be yours.’ Throughout my research, I have my research on the time around 1900, the Art Nouveau period and my doctor’s work on Frisian woodcarving. ”

Neeltje Lettinga

“Earlier here I participated in an outinstallation on hard and room screens over the centuries. By browsing through old magazines I came in articles against primal Neeltje Lettinga from Berltsum, who practiced folk art. Many people at that time were foolish with carving, but Neeltje Lettinga had more in common than in bears, she made her own designs and mastered the craft like no other. As a Friesian, I find it fascinating to read that that Frisian furoare made hee. Letter, from the bull’s outing, my professor did not take either, that I absolutely in Frisian bland ha wo. My dissertation has not appeared in person or in book form. ”

Learn to write in mem metal

In 1986, Lida returned to Friesland, where she became a project employee at the Foundation Monument of the Month and then curator at Museum Joure. She was able to express her affinity with writing in the final editing of Monument Editions of the Month. After that, she started – as a hobby – with a creative writing course. Then the well-known gate to the dam was closed.

“After the birth of our daughter Ingeborg, I have it more firmly packed. Should I start with the Frisian screw, what do I do for that or just that. Nuver, I’m working on it, I speak Frisian, but I’m just saying it. I can read English, have Italian as a city subject; but in my mother tongue I chin bare writing. It is quiet. In winter In Afûk A and winters on B, C and the law. During those courses, my knowledge began to flow. I grew up in Frisian, you always speak freely. “Suddenly a lot came out of my subconscious, like ‘the country is divided’.”

Alma Tadema

Lida Dijkstra is now a professional and acclaimed author with almost a hundred books to her credit. “In the beginning, I thought I was not a writer. If you write marine bog in the year, he does it too much. But when I come across it, I do it full time and I say worry is my way. I have an interest in language and culture, and I see that in my books. “

Countless examples illustrate this love of language and culture. We mention a few. When Lida Dijkstra visited the group’s group eight in Dronrijp, Lida Dijkstra zoomed in on the internationally famous painter Lourens Alma Tadema (1836-1912), who lived and worked in England most of her life. Alma Tadema, however, is a friar; he was born in Dronrijp and spent his childhood in Friesland. is. Lida: “Before the book that came out in 1873, I served in mass research. Fortunately, Alma Tadema received the press every week at her home in London. They have accurately described his villa; the lobelias did not bloom next to the sidewalks, the wallpaper on the wall. I walk through his house by way of talking. ”

And then there is the famous song ‘Simmermoarn’ from 1851 by the Frisian author Waling Dykstra. The song is in danger of disappearing from our intangible Frisian heritage. Reason why Lida has it in the book ‘Pykje Fjouwer’. All the birds and other animals that appear in the song can be found in the book.

Favorite book

The new children’s book ‘Shadow of Tut’, which has been nominated twice, takes place in ancient Egypt and is about Ankhesenamun, the sister of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. The Belgian and Dutch jury praised the book, but still chose another winner. Lida Dijkstra saw the statement about children’s presenter Sara Salve as a prize. Sara was not really interested in ancient Egypt beforehand, she confided in the radio host Frits Spits, but the book Lida was really her favorite book.

Shadow of Tut

In the youth novel ‘Shadow of Toet’, the author Lida Dijkstra and the illustrator Djenné Fila take you to the court of the pharaohs in ancient Egypt. Behind all the pomp and splendor, a young royal daughter tries to survive in a world full of tricks and deceptions. It is the story of the young pharaoh Tutankhamun and his half-sister who lived like a shadow by his side.

Ankhesenamun grew up at the court of his father, Pharaoh Akhenaton. Despite the luxury of a beautiful new palace and a life filled with parades and parties, her life is not easy. Her family is hungry for power and her father is not popular with the people. Amany already has five sisters when she gets a half-brother: Tutankhamun, a weak boy with a crooked foot – Egypt’s future pharaoh. She poses as his protector and teaches him everything he needs to know to stay alive. Like a shadow she lives by his side and everything seems to be going well. Until disaster strikes and her own life is in grave danger …

Simmermoarn (Waling Dykstra)

What a lovely, rising summer morning you are!
The rising Sinterklaas is lacking badly.
‘t Hoantsje galer kûkelû, bruseren brøler rûkûkû,
I want to go boy, cheerful of tone.

Everything that now lives,
Foals and calves, horses and cows.
Chattering chicks, chattering ships,
Lambs that jump, strangely smooth.

The Ldress in the sky, the ducks in the lush weed,
Mosquitoes and swells, everyone sings songs.
Ørebar klap, ljipkes wjukwapperje,
Screams at the gate shouting grito-brit.

Text and photos: Riemie van Dijk

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